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Donald Duck

Second family accuses Disneyland of racism after Donald Duck refuses to hug their son | Mail Online

If this was your family, would you sue? Do you think that it was discrimination?

ftmom's picture
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It sounds like it may have been discrimination, but I dont get all these suits. How is it Disney's fault that their employee is racist? I would be demanding that the employee get additional training, or, if this continues to happen, be fired. I just dont get why people think they deserve money for these kinds of situations.

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I think it is ridiculous. It is almost impossible to see in those costumes, which is why they usually have a handler to direct them. I doubt they were intentionally ignored.

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Impossible to say without actually seeing the incident. Would I sue? I don't know. I mean, if there truly is a pattern of racist behavior from Disney characters and multiple families have experienced the same treatment, perhaps I would, to have my voice heard/experience shared. Like with what happened with Denny's ~ there WAS a pattern, and it took multiple experiences to prove it, and to initiate change. I wouldn't be in it for money, but if I truly felt that my child and others were POINTEDLY being ignored due to the color of their skin? Maybe ~ I mean, I think that discrimination is terrible and as a mother it would break my heart to see it happen to my children, especially in the "happiest place on earth".

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My kids have taken many pictures with these kinds of characters over the years and can think of multiple times where it was difficult to get the attention of the character. It can't be easy to be in a hot costume when it is 100 degrees outside that you can barely see out of and you are surrounded by screaming kids trying to get your attention. I have had them walk away before when my kids were trying to get a hug or picture and I never once thought they were being discriminated against because of their skin color. And my boy's skin gets really dark in the summer.

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Well then obviously you wouldn't sue if you didn't think that you were discriminated against. Good. Just because you weren't doesn't automatically mean that no one else on earth was, however, don't you think?

SID081108's picture
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I agree it's impossible to know if you weren't there. Some people go looking for discrimination and are quick to accuse others of it when it isn't there. On the other hand, this family may have truly experienced it, which would have also made me very sad as a mother in her situation. There is no way we can know.

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I'm with those that say it is hard to say because I wasn't there. It seems like there is possibly a pattern but we've been to those places and it isn't easy to get a character to come over necessarily. I don't know.

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My FIL worked as Donald Duck in college, then did the voice in Pirates of the Caribbean ride before it was pre-recorded. He says the amount of sight he had in the costume (at least back then) was very limited. They were also really trained on trying to read body language and if a child was acting at all that they didnt want to be touched they were supposed to just stand next to them, which was not easy considering that they couldnt see well.
I dont know if this case was discrimination or not, to hard to tell based on a couple of accounts and not being able to hear what the person inside the suit has to say